City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Seeking artists to develop temporary artworks for 'Art Interruption 2013'
3/28/2013  2:00:00 PM

Seeking artists to develop temporary artworks for 'Art Interruption 2013'
Artworks will be installed along the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway and
Central Waterfront for six weeks in summer 2013

SEATTLE — The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), is seeking emerging public artists to create temporary art installations along the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway and the Central Waterfront for Art Interruption 2013. The artworks will inhabit city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day, eliciting a moment of surprise, beauty, contemplation or humor. Up to 12 artists will be selected to develop a series of artworks for a six-week period beginning in August 2013.

Working with SDOT, Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the selected artists will design and develop a series of small-scale temporary artworks to be installed on city-owned street furniture and infrastructure (e.g., signal boxes, utility poles, railings, sidewalks, street trees, tree pits, etc.). The artists may consider different options for materials and approaches for the artworks and will be encouraged to make use of street infrastructure in a unique and interesting way.

The call is open to emerging public artists living in Washington state. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs defines emerging public artists as artists who have a documented track record of making art, are interested in creating art in public places, and may or may not have a formal art education. Applicants must be over 18 years old and interested in working collaboratively in public settings. Applicants are not eligible if they have received a permanently sited public or private art commission of more than $10,000.

The artists will develop proposals for projects by late June with installation at the end of July. Each selected artist will receive a $1,500 fee.

The application deadline is 11 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013 (Pacific Daylight time). Go to for a link to the online application.

The city of Seattle is committed to improving our walking and bicycling environments, particularly in urban villages and in neighborhoods. SDOT has developed policies and action plans to make Seattle's transportation system more accessible and enjoyable for its users. As part of its strategy, the department adopted the SDOT Art Plan in 2005, funded by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The SDOT Art Plan identifies temporary, small-scale artistic interventions in the right-of-way as a way to enliven the pedestrian realm and contribute to the aesthetic experience of the streetscape.

Free, optional workshops are available offering an introduction to the Art Interruption program and CaFE online application system.

Monday, April 8, 6 7:30 p.m.
El Centro de la Raza, Room 307
2524 16th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 957-4634

Monday, April 22, 7 8:30 p.m.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 684-4758

Art Interruption is commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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